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Grand Valley Transit’s governing board is the Grand Valley Regional Transportation Committee (GVRTC). It is composed of a single elected representative from City of Grand Junction, City of Fruita, Mesa County, and Town of Palisade.

Board meetings are held on a monthly basis at

    • the Grand Valley Transit Operations Facility located at 525 S. 6th Street, 2nd Floor
    • from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and are open to the public.


Grand Valley Transit began service with two circulator routes, four shuttle routes, dial-a-ride, and para transit service for citizens and visitors of the Grand Valley on February 21, 2000. Fares for dial-a-ride and para transit were $1.00 and circulator and shuttle routes were $.50 with free transfers. Service operated from 5:45 a.m. - 6:15 p.m. Monday to Friday. Circulators operated every 15 minutes and shuttles every 30 minutes. Services are funded by the fares collected, a local intergovernmental agreement between City of Grand Junction, City of Fruita, Mesa County, and the Town of Palisade as well as through several Federal Transit Administration grants.

    • Grand Valley Transit started out with 22 body on chassis 12 passenger ADA accessible buses. 513 passengers were served on first day of service which was on February 21, 2000.

    • On August 29 2002, Grand Valley Transit surpassed one million passenger trips. A celebration was held and the one millionth rider was awarded a lifetime bus pass.

    • On January 2, 2004, fares were increased to $1.00 for fixed route and $2.00 for para transit.

    • On December 11, 2006, Grand Valley Transit moved its transfer station at Mesa State College to its temporary location on South Avenue and 7th Street. All routes except two also had to be restructured to accommodate for this new location.

    • In June 2007, the Clifton Transfer Station was completed. Since GVT was started as a fixed-route transit system, it has used a small transfer station outside of Coronado Plaza in the Clifton area to transfer riders between the Clifton, Palisade, Patterson Road, Orchard Avenue and North Avenue routes. This transfer station has never been ideal because there are no fixed facilities, few sidewalks, and the buses had to use the busy street outside the plaza to park for transfers. This new facility features paved and curbed bus parking, as well as sidewalk waiting areas for riders. It also has shelters for waiting passengers, and was landscaped using a plan completed by our local Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Office.

    • During 2007, an operations, route and schedule analysis was completed for Grand Valley Transit and several routes were restructured. These changes went into effect on January 2, 2008 to better serve the riders and ridership has steadily increased ever since. Operating hours were from 5:15 a.m. - 7:15 p.m. and Saturday service hours were extended to match.

    • In April 2009, the Clifton Pedestrian Improvement project was completed. This project not only improved pedestrian access and safety to the Grand Valley Transit Clifton Transfer facility but to all the business in the area of the old 32 Road and I-70 Business Loop.

    • On June 1, 2009, the new Grand Valley Transit Operations and Transfer Facility opened at the corner of 5th Street and South Avenue. This new facility is now the downtown transfer location for 7 of the 11 routes and houses the Grand Valley Transit offices.

    • On July 10, 2009, Mesa County was awarded a $1.5 million dollar grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). This grant will cover the cost of the construction of a new maintenance facility for Grand Valley Transit out at the Public Works facility in Whitewater. This new building will house three maintenance bays, wash bay, lube bay, break room, tool storage room, fleet parts storage and oil storage. The costs for development, furnishings and equipment will be purchased using other funds. The total cost of the project is projected to be $2.5 million.

    • 2009 proved to be a record breaking year for GVT with over 878,000 passenger trips which was a 16% increase over 2008.

    • On February 21, 2010, GVT celebrated it's 10 year anniversary with 10 days of free rides and GVT memorabilia give aways.

    • GVT recorded yet another record breaking year in 2010 with over 983,000 passenger trips. This was a 12% increase over 2009.

    • On July 25 , 2011, the Grand Valley Regional Transportation Committee (GVRTC) voted to increase fares from $1.00 to $1.50 starting on October 3, 2011.

    • In November 2011, the first two compressed natural gas (CNG) buses went into service.

    • GVT recorded over one million riders for 2011. This was an increase of 6% over 2010.

    • On March 12, 2012, service hours were expanded until 10:15pm on most routes.

    • GVT had over one million riders in 2012.

    • On July 22, 2013, the Grand Valley Regional Transportation Committee (GVRTC) voted to end service on all routes at 8:15 p.m. starting on August 5, 2013.

    • In September 2014, automated fareboxes were installed.

    • On April 13, 2015, GVT's West Transfer Facility opened and free transfers were no longer available.

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Contact Information
525 S. 6th Street, First Floor
(Corner of 6th Sreet and South Avenue)
Grand Junction, CO 81501

(970) 256-7433 (RIDE)
Email grandvalleytransit@mesacounty.us